THE driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer car which broke a red light while heading east along the Priority Bus Route in Arouca slammed into a 47-year-old father of two killing him instantly on Friday night.
The motorist, 27, initially drove away after the accident but was later held by Arima police at the Malabar garage of his straightener and painter.
He was being questioned up to last night.
Police said the car slammed into the victim, Elton Gibbs, with so much force that his left leg was torn off as a result of the impact.
Arouca police said around 7.45 p.m. last Friday, Gibbs and two of his friends, Marie Beddoe and her husband Barry Beddoe, were standing on the north side shoulder of the Priority Bus Route near Railway Road, Arouca, when a white Lancer was seen heading towards them.
Barry Beddoe managed to dive out of the way of the car as it skidded towards them.
Gibbs and Marie Beddoe were both hit by the car.
Gibbs died on the spot.
Marie Beddoe was attended to by her husband who also contacted the Emergency Health Services.
The Sunday Express visited Gibbs's family at their Tedd Street, Arima Old Road, home yesterday.
His wife, Sherry Ann Gibbs, said, "Elton loved life. He loved the beach and every Sunday evening he would sit outside the house with his two daughters. Although I would sell in the market, Elton was the main breadwinner in the family."
Gibbs said she would not know what to say if she met the individual responsible for the death of her husband.
"I really don't know what I would tell the driver because I am angry. Only God could judge that type of person."
She added, "(Friday night) when I was praying I prayed for the person that did this. ... I prayed for them. I mean, I last spoke to my husband on Friday night when he called and asked if there was dinner and I told him I had burgers and fries and he said he was coming home now. Five minutes after I get a call that he was dead."
His daughter, Kerry Ann Gibbs, said, "Knowing my father is dead is unbelievable and since Friday morning I got a bad feeling."
She said when she heard what happened she got dressed and went down to where her father's body was and found a strap of a bag that he had been faithfully using for years.
"I picked it up and immediately I felt like I was being consoled by him," she said.
Arouca police are continuing investigations.
One hundred and twenty-eight people have died on the country's roads for the year so far.